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Poster: Fo' twenny Date: May 12, 2010 2:55pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Melvin Seals

Listening to some late 80's JGB right now, and it made me wonder if Melvin was ever considered for the GD keys spot after Brent. Seems like it could have been a pretty smooth transition, especially considering how well he played with Jerry.

Only reasons I could think of are maybe they thought he couldn't handle a wide variety of keys sounds since he played organ the majority of the time, or else maybe by that time Jerry was just getting so tired of the GD that he didn't want any associations between GD and JGB.

Anyone know the story on this?

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Poster: johnnyonthespot Date: May 12, 2010 3:39pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Melvin Seals

at the time I had heard Merl Saunders but I don't know if that was true. Also heard of Pete Sears, which was not only true but who I was pulling for.

What they've said a bunch of times is that the ability to sing the high range was a major consideration in the choice ( which I don't think was nescessary at all )

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Poster: deadpolitics Date: May 12, 2010 10:12pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Melvin Seals

Perhaps the high harmony requirement prevented them from finding a player who fit better musically... one of the many what if's...

Brent was a Huge part of their vocal blend so I bet they were freaking out about how to not lose power on the vocal end... not sure if it was worth the compromise with Vince though...

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Poster: lobster12 Date: May 13, 2010 2:37pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Melvin Seals

Supposedly you are correct. his lack of vocals hurt his chances

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Poster: SomeDarkHollow Date: May 13, 2010 10:46am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Melvin Seals

I have to agree about the vocal part. With Keith and Donna along her "contributions" gone, I'm sure Jerry was looking to kill two birds, or at least one cat mangler, with one stone by finding a keyboard player who could harmonize. And if you need further proof, just check out a tune or two from Steve Kimock's Crazy Engine to see just how bad Mel is. Sorry, he is a Master of the Keys, but absolutely nothing positive about what comes out of his mouth.

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Poster: deadpolitics Date: May 12, 2010 7:22pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Melvin Seals

I know Melvin does handle some vocal responsibilities for his continuation of JGB but I don't think he even sang back up vocals while he played with Jerry. Musically he would have been a good fit for most of their material but I can't really imagine him on the spacier tunes like Playin', Dark Star, or Space segment.

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Poster: direwolf0701 Date: May 13, 2010 2:53pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Melvin Seals

"..but I can't really imagine him on the spacier tunes like Playin', Dark Star, or Space segment."

not sure if I agree with that considering his decent work on the extended Dont Let Go jams. granted that is not his forte, but he also hangs in tough with the longer jams with Kimock also. most assuredly would have been a bit of a different "sound" - but then again, so was Vince's toy piano jams - lol :)